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Summer Daze

Hop on a road bike. Cast for giant trout. Hike a new trail. Catch a baseball game. Relax on a sunny patio. Colorado calls to us in the summer and draws us outside to play in its spectacular landscape. Here, we present nine itineraries that promise to get you outdoors—and loving every minute of the hot days of June, July, and August.

5280

June 2009

Features

Gunland

Inspired by his late father's antique pistol, author, urbanite, firearm novice (and skeptic) Eli Gottlieb traveled through Colorado to figure out why guns still hold such fascination.

All the News that’s Fit to be Killed

Fifty-five days shy of the Rocky Mountain News' 150th anniversary, the paper's corporate owner shut it down. Executives of the E.W. Scripps Company said it had to be done. That's one way of looking at it.

Crazy Horse

It has been called an apocalyptic hell beast—equally demonic, heinous, and frightening. Will Denver ever warm to the city's most controversial piece of public art?

Slow Burn

When will Colorado be hit by another devastating wildfire? No one knows for sure—but we do know that the probability is high due to our naturally dry climate, a summer weather forecast of potential drought conditions, and the tinderbox effects of ubiquitous pine beetle kill. Here's what to expect—and how to make sure you're ready for the heat.

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Atmosphere

Brighton Boom

Economic woes have minimal effect on one city's renaissance.

Help Wanted

Rising demand for health and human services forces nonprofits to get more creative.

Following the Leads

The Rocky's laid-off writers and editors scramble to find new homes.

On Top of the World

Award-winning journalist Mark Obmascik's dishes on his new book about summiting Colorado's 54 fourteeners.

Swamp Things

Why alligator wrestling isn't just for Floridians anymore.

Lookin’ Good

Scalpels may be shelved, but beauty is still in demand.

Dining

The Steak Out

Capitol Hill's take on Philadelphia's namesake.

American Pie

The whoopie pie—a New England staple—stakes its claim in the Rocky Mountain West.

Gastronomic Stimulus Package

There's no need to shed your Champagne tastes just because you're on a beer budget. Instead, check out how these local restaurants make dining out affordable.

In My Kitchen: Jamey Fader, Lola

Best known for his dynamic coastal Mexican cuisine and lively tequila dinners, the executive chef and partner of Lola is a self-proclaimed homebody who finds refuge in his home kitchen.

Neighborhood Haunts

Staying in the 'hood? Revisit these staples and discover some best-kept secrets.

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Department

Lofty Ideals

A move from the city to Cherry Hills inspires a thoughtful renovation for a tired '70s ranch.

Dear Child

Sometimes, the best way to immortalize your kids is with an old-fashioned love letter.

Ride On

Boulder County's fresh single-track trails are calling to eager Front Range mountain bikers.

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